There was no doubt as to where the bird ‘hotspot’ was at Old Moor today. From the evidence of the sightings book, Wath Ings was the place to be!

Here’s what was seen there as well as a roundup of sightings from the satellite reserves…

Right now the conditions on the main marsh in front of the Wath Ings hide are perfect for returning migrant waders. Today there were green sandpiper, snipe, greenshank, dunlin, ringed plover and a wood sandpiper. With them were 300 or so lapwing, little egret and, of course, the recent great white egret.

It was also good to see so many teal and increasing numbers of wigeon.

Now also seems to be a good time to catch up with yellow wagtail with watchers at Adwick and Edderthorpe reporting them today.

Finally, concealed among the bird sightings today was another record of a clouded yellow butterfly, this time at Adwick Washland.

Short and sweet tonight so to finish off, here’s a terrific close up of one of those characteristic autumn waders – a green sandpiper from Alan Coe, shared via our Flickr photo group. Thanks Alan.

Until next time.